Arroyo Open House Scheduled for Wednesday, April 25

Seattle City Light is hosting an open house on Wednesday, April 25 to inform customers about an upcoming conduit installation project in the Arroyo/South Arbor Heights area. Customers are invited to stop by the Seattle Public Library’s Southwest Branch between 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to learn more.

Details for the upcoming open house are below:

Arroyo Conduit Installation –  Open House
Seattle Public Library – Southwest Branch
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Seattle Public Library’s Southwest Branch is located at 9010 35th Avenue Southwest. The open house will be located upstairs in the meeting room on the library’s second floor.

Project Details:
Underground, direct buried cables in the Arroyo neighborhood are approaching the end of their useful life and will require new electrical conduit and cables. Seattle City Light has identified several areas within the Arroyo neighborhood that will require installing new conduits, vaults, and other associated work. Streetlights will also be replaced as part of this work. The work will result in enhanced electrical reliability and efficiency.

Construction work areas in the Arroyo/South Arbor Heights area. Crews will begin construction on California Avenue SW, between SW 106th and 107th streets.

  • Construction is scheduled to start in early to mid-May 2018, beginning with equipment staging.
  • Daily work hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Construction could extend beyond these hours, as needed.
  • Civil construction is estimated to last approximately 1 1/2 years. Additional streetlight and electrical work may follow.
To learn more, please visit our project website:

Please join us for a special reading by Elissa Washuta, Seattle’s Fremont and the Centerless Universe

Saturday, February 18, 2017; 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Elissa Washuta was selected by the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), to be the writer-in-residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge from June through August 2016. This residency project was funded by SDOT’s 1% for Art Funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture. While in the tower she researched, and wrote a literary work, based on the history of the Puget Sound. Washuta will present an excerpt from her writing, and discuss her residency with local writer Anca Szilagyi.

Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a writer of personal essays and memoir. She is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. Washuta holds an MFA from The University of Washington and currently serves as the undergraduate adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and a nonfiction faculty member in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Anca Szilagyi is a Brooklynite living in Seattle. Her fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Jewish in Seattle, Kirkus, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Made at Hugo House, Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction.”

The Poets Are In! Reading at the Central Library with Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna and friends

 Saturday, April 23, 2016, 2 – 4 p.m.
Seattle Central Library, Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium


SEATTLE (April 19, 2016) — The Poets Are In! is an intergenerational reading featuring Seattle’s Civic Poet, Youth Poet Laureate and friends on Saturday, April 23 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Seattle Central Library, Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium. Hear six poets share what it means to live, love and remember in the Emerald City. Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr and Anastacia Rene’e Tolbert, Alan Chong Lau, and youth poets Maya Chinen and Max Taylor will share individual work and together create a poetic cartography of Seattle.

The reading celebrates National Poetry Month and marks the inaugural reading of The Poet Is In!, Claudia Castro Luna’s tenure as artist-in-residence at the Seattle Public Library. Castro Luna will lead month-long interactive poetic explorations in a number of branches inspired by the everyday life of a neighborhood. At least one branch in each quadrant of the city will host a session with the Civic Poet.

About the Poets:

Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle’s first Civic Poet was born in El Salvador. She has a MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry from Mills College. She writes because the flesh remembers even when the mind forgets and moving the hand across a page is a measure of resistance. Her poems have appeared in Riverbabble, the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art and are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest and Dialogo. She is working on a memoir about her experience escaping the Salvadoran Civic War; an excerpt of which appears in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Anthology.

Maya Chinen, a first-year student at Seattle University, is pursuing degrees in both Environmental Studies and Spanish. She grew up on south Beacon Hill and began her walk with the spoken-word in a classroom on First Hill. She continues her writing today through creative non-fiction and page-poetry.

The first ever Youth Poet Laureate in Seattle history, Leija Farr became serious with poetry after winning a spoken word contest as 12 years old with a poem on teens and drugs. Since then, she has grown mentally and physically through open mics across the city.

A poet and visual artist, Alan Chong Lau is the recipient of numerous awards, and his poems have been widely anthologized. He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker’s Journal and no hurry. He serves as Arts Editor for the International Examiner.

Queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator, Anastacia Rene’e Tolbert has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jack Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust. She was recently selected as the 2015-16 Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, a place for writers in Seattle. Her chapbook 26 was published by Dancing Girl Press. Her poetry and fiction have been published in Literary Orphans, Bitterzoet, Radius Poetry, Seattle Review, Duende, Bone Bouquet, Dressing Room Poetry and many more.

Max Taylor is most often seen residing at his house in Wallingford or stroking his chin at the front row of an open mic. He is graduating this year as a senior at Roosevelt High School, but takes advantage of Washington’s Running Start program to take his classes at North Seattle College. He finds his passion in poetry and performance art and hopes to develop his writing wherever the future may take him.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event will be recorded for future podcast.

*Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Seattle Firefighters Hit the Books to Promote Children’s Literacy

Seattle-The Seattle Fire Department is partnering with the Seattle Public Library for a reading program aimed at increasing literacy, and raising awareness of home fire safety. The Firefighter Story Times at the Seattle Public Library is part of October’s Fire Prevention Month. Seattle Firefighters will read No Dragons for Tea to dozens of preschool children at the Seattle Public Library branches across the city.. Important safety messages include “Firefighters are your friend”, “Crawl low under smoke” and “Get out and stay out”.

For more than a decade, Seattle Firefighters have volunteered for literacy events at various Seattle Public Library’s and Seattle Public Schools. The Firefighter Story Times are part of a month long push to educate the young people of the city and their families on fire safety tips. Preschool children are especially vulnerable to fire and burn injuries. During the month of October, Seattle Firefighters are reading to preschoolers at 10 different libraries throughout the city. Click on this link for more information on the Story Times: Story Time or the Seattle Channel.

Rainier Beach Branch
with Fire Chief Dean
9125 Rainier Ave. S
Monday, October 6
10:30 AM

Ballard Branch
5614 22nd Ave N.W.
Wednesday, October 8
10:30 AM

Douglass-Truth Branch
2300 E. Yesler Way
Thursday, October 9
10:30 AM

Capitol Hill Branch
425 Harvard Ave E.
Monday, October 13
10:30 AM

South Park Branch
8604 Eighth Ave S at S. Cloverdale St.
Wednesday, October 15
11:15 AM

Central Library
2401 24th Ave. E.
Thursday, October 16
11:00 AM

Green Lake Branch
5009 Roosevelt Way NE.
Wednesday, October 22
11:15 AM
High Point Branch
2821 Beacon Ave. S.
Thursday, October 23
11:30 AM

Northeast Branch
8016 Greenwood Ave N
Tuesday, October 28
10:30 AM

New Holly Branch
7048 32nd Ave S
Thursday, October 30
11:00 AM

Seattle: How online are we? Join the conversation May 22

From 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, join the Department of Information Technology and the City’s Technology Advisory Board at Seattle Goodwill’s new training center to learn about new findings on technology access and adoption by Seattle residents.

Discover what more than 2,600 residents who participated in phone and online surveys and focus groups in multiple languages had to say about their use, concerns and barriers to using the Internet, social media, cable TV and online government services. Information will also be presented about how to communicate with immigrant and refugee communities.

The forum is being presented by the Department of Information Technology and the City’s Technology Advisory Board, with assistance from the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Seattle Public Library. Copies of the report will be available at the event and released online afterwards.

The Seattle Goodwill Job Training and Education Center is located at 700 Dearborn Place S, at the northwest corner of South Dearborn and Rainier Avenue, just off the I-90 Dearborn exit or #7 or 9 bus. Free parking is available.

For more information about this event, click HERE, email or call 206-233-7877.